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“Many improvements in recent years”
Review of Peoria Zoo

Peoria Zoo
Ranked #3 of 39 things to do in Peoria
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The Peoria Zoo is home to over 100 species of animals from around the world. From giraffes and rhinoceros to spider monkeys and sea lions, the Zoo is the wildest family place in town. The Peoria Zoo is open year round. Our Education Department offers programs for ages 2 and up. These include Home School classes, Zoo Tots, Jungle Jamboree, summer Zoo Camp and Zoo Teens volunteer program. During summer months we offer Giraffe Feeding in Africa and Budgie Feeding in the Aussie Walk About. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, scheduled Keeper Chats take place every day. Our two biggest events are the Easter Egg Hunt and Howl-Zoo-Ween. We offer a variety of birthday parties and Zoo Snoozes. Our Zambezi River Lodge is available for corporate events, wedding receptions, and special celebrations.
Peoria, Illinois
Level 5 Contributor
92 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Many improvements in recent years”
Reviewed August 5, 2012

The Peoria Zoo has undergone some extensive changes recently, namely their "Africa" Exhibit, which reminds us of Disney's Animal Kingdom. The zoo is easy to get around and there is a wide variety of animals. There is also a petting zoo where kids can get up close to farm animals. The Peoria Zoo is very clean and well-maintained. There are adequate bathrooms and it is a nice way to spend a couple hours with the kids! I would suggest getting a pass.

Visited May 2012
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Morton
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“Expansion in progress”
Reviewed August 5, 2012

Their is a nice new African animal exhibit that I'm sure competes on scale with larger zoos. The older sections offer more shade. Plan to spend an hour or maybe two.

Visited October 2011
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Peoria il
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27 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Africa comes alive”
Reviewed July 26, 2012

I have been here many times and it is a great little zoo and with the edition of African animals this place is great

Visited June 2012
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Galesburg, Illinois
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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“A lot of walking for a small zoo”
Reviewed July 18, 2012

This is an older zoo though efforts are made to keep it attractive & safe. Always seems like a lot of walking between exhibits & kids get bored or want to start running from one to the next. On a 10 scale, give it about a 6. We spend more time in the park just outside of the zoo than we do in the zoo itself. Its not a bad zoo, just not at the top of my list of local attractions to return to.

Visited March 2012
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Peoria, Illinois
Level 5 Contributor
64 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Adequate zoo for the size of Peoria”
Reviewed July 16, 2012

The Peoria Zoo is much better than it was a few years ago, but there still needs to be a lot done to it to make it the type of zoo that a city of our size needs.

Visited July 2012
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